How long can defense carry the Seahawks?

Oct 9, 2012, 6:01 PM | Updated: 6:03 pm

By Brady Henderson

The Seahawks are 3-2 despite scoring just over 17 points per game, fifth-fewest in the NFL.

That has led to questions about how much longer Seattle can continue to rely on a defense that ranks second in yardage and first in scoring. Conventional wisdom says that if a team’s offense can’t sustain drives, its defense will wear down because it’s always on the field.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times thinks that logic doesn’t apply to the Seahawks.

“A lot of times when you see a team scoring as few points as Seattle is, their time of possession is way down. But because Seattle is running the ball effectively and that the real problem has been red-zone conversions more so than three-and-outs … it’s not quite the recipe for disaster than you’d expect given how few points Seattle is scoring,” he told “Bob and Groz” on Tuesday.

“But … I don’t know if it’s realistic to expect a defense to go the whole year holding everyone under 20 points. At some point you are going to have to get better play from the offense.”

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share additional thoughts on this topic in the video below.

You can listen to Tuesday’s podcast here.

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How long can defense carry the Seahawks?